Through the Old Testament, we find 353 prophecies dealing with Jesus’ first coming – all of which He fulfilled already. The statistics behind these prophecies are remarkable, too, and sooner or later I’ll share a few of those numbers here for you to contemplate.
What’s really astonishing though is that there are at least eight times more prophecies concerning His second coming!¹
In fact, the earliest known prophecy from a prophet was not concerning Christ’s first coming, but rather His second:
“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” – Jude 1:14-15
His return is alluded to more than 300 times in the New Testament alone!
Friends, as astonishing as His historic arrival was, I’m certain that His future coming will be far greater.
Pay close attention to the facts! We stand today on the cusp of a future yet fulfilled! The King is coming back! The King is coming back! The Bridegroom is coming for the Bride!
So looking to our text this morning, let’s take that first verse there in Matthew 25:
“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.”
First off, we can be pretty sure that this parable is a good place to work towards an understanding of Christ’s return because He starts it off with the words: “The Shall the kingdom of Heaven be …”
When shall it be? Where is the Kingdom of Heaven? With Christ, of course. Heaven without Jesus simply wouldn’t be Heaven. When He returns, His Kingdom will finally be brought to fruition. He is coming with the kingdom…
- Pardington, George. 1926. Outline Studies in Christian Doctrine. New York, NY: Christian Alliance. 1926
“Waiting on the Bridegroom” returns next time…
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